If you’ve taken opiates for more than 5 days, your body is already dependent on them. This dependence can easily turn into addiction without proper detox treatment.
AVOID OPIOID ADDICTION
Judy’s son Steve was a loving son, fiancé, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, and friend. Steve, a gifted musician, also excelled in sports. He earned Dean’s List status in college, and a degree in economics that led to a successful career as a financial advisor. Steve suffered a back injury as an adult that left him with severe constant pain that doctors were unable to successfully treat. He became depressed due to the impact of the pain on his way of life. He was prescribed antidepressants which helped, but did not eliminate his symptoms. Steve was then given a prescription for opioids.
Steve was thrilled that a medication finally seemed to be working, but he quickly became addicted to the prescription opioids. Within three years, he was seeking out multiple doctors to fill new prescriptions. Steve eventually acknowledged his addiction and tried hard to get well. He enrolled in rehabilitation and treatment programs, but the grip of his addiction had taken an incredibly strong hold. Following completion of a 28-day addiction treatment program, Steve relapsed and died of an overdose at the age of 43.
After the loss of her son, Judy found a note he had written about his experience with prescription opioids: “At first they were a lifeline. Now they are a noose around my neck.”
You can get a serious addiction to opioid pain medications. People who are addicted compulsively seek out the pain medications. Their behavior usually leads to negative consequences in their personal lives or workplace. They might take someone else’s pills or buy them off the street, which is especially dangerous since those drugs are often laced with lethal amounts of fentanyl.
How can we help?
When you start treatment at Relieve Medical Detox, you will be assigned a case manager to consult with. This case manager has extensive experience in addiction and opioid use and can help you address any mental dependencies or triggers you may be experiencing. If any addictive tendencies are identified, he/she can help you identify the best steps to take following detox to maintain your sobriety.